Delete files containing jdbgmgr.exe that were sent to her through email?

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A friend received a notice to delete files containing jdbgmgr.exe that were sent to her through email. I search my files and found two files containing jdbg items. I have moved these to the trash and am now wanting to know if the trash should be deleted. Many times you get these type of notices and then find out they are a hoax. Just wanted to check before I created a problem for myself. Thank you.

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This question was answered on December 11, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

AVERT HOAX Notice!!

McAfee AVERT Labs would like to inform you of a new email HOAX.

This email message is just a HOAX Although, the JDBGMGR.EXE file may become infected by a number of valid viruses (most commonly W32/[email protected]), the details of this HOAX message are not based on actual events.

We are advising users who receive the email to delete the message and DO NOT pass it on as this is how an email HOAX propagates.

JDBGMGR.EXE is the Microsoft Debugger Registrar for Java This application is only useful for Java developers and does not need to be restored on other user's systems In the event that this file has already been deleted and you need to restore it, see the Removal Instructions for instructions

It uses this icon:

Below is the actual text from the message that may be received via email There are numerous variations on these messages

(English version)

I found the little bear in my machine because of that I am sending this message in order for you to find it in your machine The procedure is very simple:

The objective of this e-mail is to warn all Hotmail users about a new virus that is spreading by MSN Messenger The name of this virus is jdbgmgr.exe and it is sent automatically by the Messenger and by the address book too The virus is not detected by McAfee or Norton and it stays quiet for 14 days before damaging the system

The virus can be cleaned before it deletes the files from your system In order to eliminate it, it is just necessary to do the following steps:

1 Go to Start, click "Search"

2.- In the "Files or Folders option" write the name jdbgmgr.exe

3.- Be sure that you are searching in the drive "C"

4.- Click "find now"

5.- If the virus is there (it has a little bear-like icon with the name of jdbgmgr.exe DO NOT OPEN IT FOR ANY REASON

6.- Right click and delete it (it will go to the Recycle bin)

7.- Go to the recycle bin and delete it or empty the recycle bin

IF YOU FIND THE VIRUS IN ALL OF YOUR SYSTEMS SEND THIS MESSAGE TO ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS LOCATED IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK BEFORE IT CAN CAUSE ANY DAMAGE.

(End of letter)

In the event that JDBGMGR.EXE was deleted erroneously, the following method may be used to restore the file from backup (see additional information from Microsoft:

-- Windows 95 Instructions --

1) Click START - RUN

2) Type: EXTRACT /A C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS\WIN95_09.CAB JDBGMGR.EXE /L C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM and hit ENTER

NOTE: The location of the CAB files may vary If this does not work for you, try using your Windows CD-ROM path (ie D:\Win95)

-- End Windows 95 Instructions --

-- Windows 98 Instructions --

Information on using the System File Checker to restore files

1) Click START - RUN, type SFC and hit ENTER

2) In the "Specify the system file you would like to restore" field, type C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\JDBGMGR.EXE and hit ENTER

3) In the RESTORE FROM field, type in the path to your WINDOWS CAB files

(ie C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS)

(ie D:\WIN98 where D is the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM)

4) Click OK and continue with the restore function

-- End Windows 98 Instructions --

-- Windows NT 4 Instructions --

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - Q322993

-- End Windows NT 4 Instructions --

-- Windows ME Instructions --

Information on using the System File Checker to restore files

1) Click START - RUN, type MSCONFIG and hit ENTER

2) Click the Extract Files button

3) In the "Specify the system file you would like to restore" field, type C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\JDBGMGR.EXE and hit ENTER

4) In the RESTORE FROM field, type in the path to your WINDOWS CAB files

(ie C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\INSTALL)

5) Click OK and continue with the restore function

-- End Windows ME Instructions --

-- Windows 2000 Instructions --

1) Click START - RUN, type expand d:\i386\jdbgmgr.ex_ %widir%\sstem32 and hit ENTER

Note: this assumes that D: is your CD-ROM drive, and that you have the Windows2000 CD-ROM in the drive If this is not the case, d:\i386 should be replaced with the path to your i386 directory.

-- End Windows 2000 Instructions --

-- Windows XP Instructions --

Information on using the System File Checker to restore files

1) Click START - RUN, type MSCONFIG and hit ENTER

2) Click the Expand File.. button

3) In the "File to restore" field, type %WiDir%\SSTEM32\JDBGMGR.EXE and hit ENTER

4) In the RESTORE FROM field, type in the path to your WINDOWS CAB files This may vary from machine to machine It may be on a local drive, network drive, or CD-ROM

(ie C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\INSTALL)

5) In the Save File in field, type in %WiDir%\SSTEM32.

6) Click OK and continue with the restore function

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 11, 2003